How to perform a breast check

Three easy ways to perform a breast check, as advised by the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation.

Check your breasts at the same time each month. You should check two to three days after your period ends. If you no longer have periods, choose a regular day each month for breast examination. See your doctor if you notice any changes in your breasts.
1. The shower: Put your left hand behind your head. With your right hand, use circular movements to examine your left breast for lumps or thickening. Feel lightly, then press firmly, feeling for anything deeper. Next, examine up to the collarbone and out to the armpit. Then do the other side.
2. The mirror: After showering, check your breasts in the mirror with hands by your sides. Look for changes in colour or shape, dimpling of the skin or pulling in of the nipple. Put your hands on your hips and push your shoulders forward to check again, then check with hands raised over your head.
3. Lying down: Lie on your left side with your knees bent; roll your shoulders back so they are flat on the bed. Place your right arm under your head. Your breast will now be as flat as possible. Examine your right breast using the methods in step. Reverse the procedure to check your left breast.
Read our downloadable fact sheet on breast cancer.
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